The TV Movie Menu: Some vintage classics this weekend
What’s on at the movies this weekend?
You have a range of choices on broadcast and standard cable stations.
So pop some corn and enjoy the flicks!
The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
Director David Lean’s epic look at life inside a Japanese prison camp won the Oscar as Best Picture in 1957. Alec Guiness was named Best Actor for his striking portrayal of a British officer who becomes deeply affected by the conditions and work in the camp. A classic.
Friday, July 15, 7 p.m., AHC; Saturday, July 16, 12 noon, AHC
The Snake Pit (1948)
Movie legend Olivia de Havilland – who just celebrated her 100th birthday – delivers an acclaimed performance as a woman facing emotional challenges in this look at mental health treatment. The actress is daring and authentic in a portrayal many thought would win an Oscar.
Friday, July 15, 8 p.m., Turner Classic Movies
As America returned to the routine after World War II, glamorous movies featuring exaggerated characters offered much-requested entertainment. In this film noir classic, Rita Hayworth stamps her signature role as a femme fatale who falls for the wrong men.
Friday, July 15, 9 p.m., PBS; Saturday, July 16, 5 p.m., PBS
The Heiress (1949)
A year after making The Snake Pit, Olivia de Havilland won her second Oscar for playing a repressed woman who dares to confront her domineering father in this adaptation of the novel by Henry James. While the movie has aged, de Havilland’s performance remains fresh.
Friday, July 15, 10 p.m., Turner Classic Movies
Funny Girl (1968)
On Broadway, in 1964, Barbra Streisand won the fans but lost the Tony to Carol Channing for Hello, Dolly! When the musical story of Fanny Brice was made into a movie, Streisand was the golden girl and won an Oscar (in a tie with Katherine Hepburn).
Saturday, July 16, 8 p.m., PBS
The Odd Couple (1968)
Neil Simon was the most celebrated – and successful – playwright of the 1960s with a series of smash hits on Broadway. In this adaptation of his stage comedy, Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau deliver iconic performances as friends who become mismatched roomies.
Saturday, July 16, 8 p.m., Turner Classic Movies
Love Story (1970)
Looking back, it’s hard to believe this tear-jerker romance – about a young couple facing financial, emotional and health challenges – was the hit of the year and a nominee for Best Picture! Today it’s enjoyable but more than a bit sentimental. Yes, hokey but endearing.
Saturday, July 16, 8 p.m., Retroplex
Hello, Dolly! (1969)
Barbra Streisand – fresh from her Oscar-winning screen debut in Funny Girl, emerged the following year in this extravagant movie adaptation of the stage hit. While Streisand may be too young for the role, her comedy timing is expert and her voice magnificent.
Saturday, July 16, 9:45 p.m., Retroplex; Sunday, July 17, 4:45 p.m., Retroplex
Butterfield 8 (1960)
Elizabeth Taylor won a well-deserved second Oscar for Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf in 1966. Six years earlier, most felt she won her first award for this minor drama because she survived a near-fatal bout with pneumonia. Still, an Oscar is an Oscar.
Sunday, July 17, 4 p.m., Turner Classic Movies
Steven Spielberg invented the summer action blockbuster with this superlative take on Peter Benchley’s wordy novel about a great white shark. Spielberg shows restraint as he carefully builds the tension by thoroughly developing his characters. This one never gets old.
Sunday, July 17, 9 p.m., Sundance
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And, when you watch as a family, take the time to chat about what you’re seeing.
That makes it even more fun.